Planes #1: Heres where it all begins.

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Blog entry by TD Bridges posted 01-23-2010 05:03 PM 1341 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Hello, my name is TD and I’m a planeaholic. There I said it, they say that admitting you have a problem is the biggest step.

Whew! Now I can get to the good stuff. Lets take a look at where it all began

I was walking through a local junk store just minding my own business when my eyes were drawn to a collection of rusty metal items assembled in what looked to be the shape of a plane (I had seen planes before here on Lumberjocks but had never encountered one in the wild).

I had been informed that the simple act of making contact with a plane without proper protection could lead to instant addiction but I knew I was strong, I could just look at it and touch it and not get that deep inner craving that is never fully satisfied. (Insert game show wrong answer buzzer sound here.)

Can anyone guess what happened next? Well let me just say that it was all a blur, and I really didn’t begin to realize what happened until I found my eyes drawn to the plane and its shelfmate sitting in the passenger seat of my truck on the drive home. Yes there were two and I got them both, when I get hooked there is no slippery slope it feels more like a jump off a cliff.

Cut to scene at home, after disassembly heres what I had. A #4 Stanley Bailey with just a little rust.


The next step, clean that baby up. Uh oh, I don’t know how and as an addict I feel this urge to caress and protect it from harm so the sand paper and wire brushes were out. Oh what to do what to do where can I go that I won’t be ridiculed whispered about or be hauled away to rehab. I know! Lumberjocks to the rescue.

After research I determined that Evap-O-Rust was my best bet. I dunked all the parts in and with the aid of a brass bristle brush in seven hours, TADAH!


Be sure to note the hand made custom fit and finished knob that the previous owner had installed on this beauty. (Note to self, order or better yet make new Knob so all the Lumberjocks will stop their snickering and giggling.)

The tote is solid but very dry, all I have done to it is sand it down with 320g to remove the junk store price that had been put on with a permanent marker. I swear this guy that owns the junk store would put the price on a Van Gogh with spray paint. I will dip the tote in boiled linseed oil as soon as the weather warms up a little, and will post the results here.

I found that the blade was actually concave due to use/abuse but correction of this issue and sharpening will have to wait a little while.

Since that fateful day my “collection” has had a few additions. All of which I will share with you here where it is safe and I won’t have to go on the run from the nice men wanting me to try on the weird looking coat.

FYI – preview of an upcoming episode – I have acquired a Stanley block plane that after days of searching I can only find three lines about on the internet and when I post my pics they will to the best of my knowledge(and hours of web searching) be the only pics anywhere on the world wide web of this very rare (according to the experts) little jewel.

Stay tuned folks I may be a little sporadic in my blog entries due to work but there is definitely more to come.

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#1 posted 01-23-2010 05:18 PM

Welcome to the slippery slope….

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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David Craig

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#2 posted 01-23-2010 05:51 PM

What kind of people do you think we are TD? We don’t point and snicker in the Men’s locker. We have no problem with you and your little knob ;)

Great job on the plane. You might want to add Alonso your buddy list. He has posted a few plane restoration projects and would be a great resource for your plane addiction.


-- There is little that is simple when it comes to making a simple box.

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John Gray

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#3 posted 01-23-2010 06:59 PM

FYI – There is a wealth of plane information at these sites.

-- Only the Shadow knows....................

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#4 posted 01-24-2010 11:56 AM

Thats why I like this site so much. You woodworkers just crack me up!!!! It helps me get through the day when i’m not in the woodshop.

-- Tim, Missouri ....Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what the heck happened

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Paul M

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#5 posted 01-25-2010 01:34 AM

Be very careful, these tools can be very clever and lead you ever on. Before you know it you will pick up a wooden soled plane. As soon as wood touches wood, all is lost and you are doomed.

-- Paul from New England "No man is a failure who is enjoying life". William Feather

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